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Old 10-26-2002, 08:02 PM   #41
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A lot also depends on how it is received. Some will immediately dismiss any moral standard as judgmental or expect the speaker of the moral standard to be perfect in all regards (or else - the hypocrisy label). Our natural tendency is to love the darkness instead of the light.
I can relate with this topic because I have recently given my life to Christ, and due to conviction I have focused in on making some drastic changes in my lifestyle. Filtering out the mistakes of my past is necessary for me now if I am to secure what I feel is to be a brighter future, and it has NOT been easy, but I am already beginning to feel more accomplished and pleased with the direction my life has taken. Such a case may be seen by others as self-righteous etc. but as nbcrusader stated that may be based on how it is received. It is important to not be condescending while witnessing to others but I also think it is necessary to be passionate when speaking about something that you believe in, rather than holding back due to the fear of offending people. If you feel confident in your beliefs then nothing should hinder your ability to share this with others.

I found myself in a situation where a group of people were talking about smoking and how it has ill effects on a person and demonstrates poor discipline. This is another area that I am working on right now, and I found myself trying to justify it in the conversation. The fact of the matter is that I want to quit, and rather than justifying it I should have just acknowledged the fact that it is harmful for you and accepted that I am struggling with it. I think it was me trying to postpone the inevitable.
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Old 11-01-2002, 04:49 PM   #45
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I found myself in a situation where a group of people were talking about smoking and how it has ill effects on a person and demonstrates poor discipline. This is another area that I am working on right now, and I found myself trying to justify it in the conversation. The fact of the matter is that I want to quit, and rather than justifying it I should have just acknowledged the fact that it is harmful for you and accepted that I am struggling with it. I think it was me trying to postpone the inevitable.
God quitting was the hardest thing for me.....As I sit here typing....I am craving it.

I have had three smokes in the past 5 years.

When the health teacher comes in to teach about smoking I have to leave, becasue it makes me crave it and want it all over again. I have basically given up beer as well becasue I associated beer with smoking.

Good luck in your quest to stop. I wish I could say I have kicked the desire for it...but I have not. At least I am not smoking.


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Thanks guys for the words of encouragement and congrats Dreadsox, I think the important thing is that you quit and realize that you can't be put in situations that will lead to more CRAVINGS

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Cravings and addictions are generally caused by an imbalance of dopamine in the brain. It is no wonder, thus, that Xanax, the anti-smoking prescription, is simply a renamed derivative of the antidepressant, Wellbutrin, which is part of a class of dopamine drugs. Truthfully, Xanax and Wellbutrin should take care of far more addictions than just nicotine...but we'll let pharmaceuticals waste millions of dollars making studies to just put 2+2 together.

I would suggest upping your intake of Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and Magnesium, if you wish to up your dopamine levels naturally. Supplements are your best bet, and following the directions on the bottle labels should be sufficient.

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